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The Museum at Purgatory: 01/04/07
People define themselves by the things they collect in life and in the afterlife: that is the idea behind The Museum at Purgatory by Nick Bantock. Those who know themselves and are comfortable with what they've become can move on to one o the utopian or dystopian worlds. Those who can't come to terms with themselves (for good or bad) or those who don't know themselves must stay in Purgatory, the holding pen for the afterlife.
The narrator of The Museum at Purgatory is Non, curator of the museum. He came to the afterlife with amnesia, a rare but not unheard of condition. As he can't know himself, he is stuck in Purgatory. The hope is that he can jog his memory by cataloguing the items others have brought with themselves to the afterlife.
Any good museum book must have examples of its collections and Nick Bantock provides the illustrations but as drawings (as he does for the Griffin and Sabine books) and as photographs of what I assume are sculptures he produced for the book. The artwork isn't as big a player in the story as it is in the Griffin and Sabine books and the book suffers a bit for it. He's a better artist than he is a writer.
Tomorrow at noon Harriet will be four months old. Today she had her well baby check up. As Ian is on vacation, he came along.
Although Harriet has put on the classic rolls of baby fat, she is on the low end of the weight curve for a child her age. She weighs in at 12 pounds, 6 ounces (a pound heavier than Sean was at this age). She's gained a pound in two months but I really thought it would be more. My worry was that we'd be chastised for feeding her too much (after being told we weren't feeding Sean enough at this age) but Harriet's doctor thinks she's just fine.
Harriet held steady on her head circumference. Her head is 16.25 cm putting her at the 60% for her age. Her head is also still nice and round. She doesn't have either the flat spot or bald spot that many kids develop by this age.
Where Harriet excelled was in the growth department. She is now 25 1/4 inches tall, meaning she grew 4 inches in the last two months. No wonder she has out grown her smallest clothing and is most comfortable now in sizes 6 to 9 months old! She's gone from being in the 25% for height to the 95% in height.
Best of all, the doctor complimented us again on our parenting skills. She was pleased at how well Harriet looks and how happy she acts.